Welsh great Brian Curvis dies

Welsh great Brian Curvis dies

One of Wales' greatest boxers, Brian Curvis has died, aged 74.
Swansea's Curvis (37-4) was a former British and Commonwealth welterweight champion and fought for the WBC and WBA titles in 1964, losing a unanimous points decision to champion Emile Griffith in London.
His bravery was reflected in the fact that Griffith couldn't stop him, despite knocking him down three times.
Speaking to BBC Wales in 1989 he said: I don't see the Griffith fight as a failure. To me it was a triumph.
There was the greatest pound-for-pound welterweight champion since the legendary Sugar Ray Robinson, and there was I - not at my very best - yet he couldn't knock me out, he couldn't stop me inside the distance. And there were a lot of thing he couldn't do that night.
What he did, of course, was get the decision and it happens that I lost that night.
Curvis - who never lost to a Brit - won the Commonwealth title against Australian George Barnes at his home town's Vetch Field in May 1960.Six months later, he added the British title by beating Wally Swift in Nottingham.
Cliff Curvis, Brian's elder brother by ten years, was also a British and Commonwealth welterweight champion.
In a statement, the British Boxing Board of Control said: The British Boxing Board of Control send their condolences to his family and friends.

1/10/2012

 
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